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Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2015 Spring Training

NOTE: As of 4/10/15, this version of the roster matrix is no longer current. It reflects the changes from the start of 2015 spring training until the opening of the 2015 regular season. It should now be considered a historical reference document. For the active roster matrix for 2015 regular season, click here.

With minor leaguers reporting to Jupiter, Florida for their spring training camp, it is time for another refresh of the St. Louis Cardinals system roster matrix. This version will reflect the changes made from the start of 2015 spring training until the opening of the regular season. The previous matrix reflects the rosters as they evolved from the conclusion of the 2014 season through the entire 2014-2015 off-season.

If you are new to the blog and not familiar with the Cardinals organization roster matrix, here is quick summary:

As 2015 spring training opened, the St. Louis Cardinals had 269 players under contract from top to bottom, including 39 players on the 40-man roster. The latter are called out in bold. The matrix places all 269 at his assigned level in the system as well as by position. It is kept updated daily or as transactions occur.

Nowhere else will you find this current and comprehensive single-page view of the entire Cardinals organization.

Don’t be concerned about the order of the players’ names within a team and position. It has no relative significance.

Note that the 25-man roster for St. Louis and any other club is not in place during the off-season. Players generally remain on the rosters at which they finished 2014. Pay more attention to which camps players are assigned.

Full team rosters and player profiles at The Cardinal Nation

Remember that to get detailed profile information on every single one of these 269 Cardinals players, simply check out their free player profiles freshly updated now at The Cardinal / You can see bios, photos, videos, articles, news items, links to current season and career stats and much more – everything you need to know about a player in one place.

Click on the following links to be taken to one of the nine team pages at The Cardinal Nation. You can also see rosters and player profiles back to 2004:

Full-season clubs

St. Louis Cardinals
Memphis Redbirds
Springfield Cardinals
Palm Beach Cardinals
Peoria Chiefs

Short-season clubs

State College Spikes
Johnson City Cardinals
Gulf Coast League Cardinals
Dominican Summer League Cardinals

Once on a team page, just click on a player’s name to be taken to his individual profile page for that year. For example, here is the link directly to Stephen Piscotty’s 2015 Memphis profile.

Looking ahead and back

Now that you’ve found this page once, remember one of three ways to get back here. Bookmark the page, type “Roster Matrix” in the dark blue search box at the upper right or use the dropdown menu at the top of the page: “Players/Staff” > “Depth Charts/Roster Matrix”.

For details behind past rosters and transactions, check out the earlier versions of the Cardinals organization roster matrix as follows.

Link to previous matrices

2009: Jan–March 2009, April 2009, May 2009, June 2009, July 2009-February 2010
2010: 2010 spring training, 2010 regular season, 2010 first half, 2010 short-season, 2010-11 off-season
2011: 2011 spring training, 2011 regular season, 2011 short-season, 2011-2012 off-season
2012: 2012 spring training, 2012 regular season, 2012 short season, 2012-2013 off-season
2013: 2013 spring training, 2013 regular season, 2013 short season, 2013-2014 off-season
2014: 2014 spring training, 2014 regular season, 2014 draft and short season, 2014-2015 off-season


3/9: New matrix. Organization total: 269 players.

3/13: Minors RHR Robby Rowland signed (PB). New organization total: 270 players.

3/14: Optioned to minors: C Michael Ohlman. Four reassigned to minors: RHP Michael Mayers and LHP John Gast, Cs Alberto Rosario and Steve Bean. (52 remain in MLB camp)

3/15: SC OF Chase Raffield retired. New organization total: 269 players.

3/17: Optioned to minors: LHS Tyler Lyons, IF Greg Garcia. Reassigned to minors: IF Breyvic Valera, C Carson Kelly. (48 remain in MLB camp.)

3/21: Optioned to minors: LHR Nick Greenwood, RHR Sam Tuivailala. Reassigned to minors: LHS Tim Cooney, RHS Zach Petrick, LHR Dean Kiekhefer, RHR Miguel Socolovich. (42 remain in MLB camp.)

3/24: Optioned to minors: C Cody Stanley, SS Aledmys Diaz. Reassigned to minors: C Travis Tartamella, OF Rafael Ortega. (38 remain in MLB camp.) 1B Jake Stone, RHR Jeff Rauh released. New organization total: 267 players.

3/28: LHR Sam Freeman traded to Texas. New organization total: 266 players. (37 remain in MLB camp.)

3/29: Optioned to minors: C Ed Easley, 1B Xavier Scruggs, SS Dean Anna. Reassigned to minors: 2B Jacob Wilson. (33 remain in MLB camp.)

3/30: Added to 40-man roster: RHR Carlos Villanueva. LHS Jaime Garcia to 15-day DL. (32 remain in MLB camp). Four minor league releases: IF Ildemaro Vargas, Ps Logan Billbrough, Kyle Helisek, Joe Scanio. New organization total: 262 players.

4/1: Six players released: IFs Michael Schulze, Rafael Medina; OF Brian Vigo-Suarez, Ps Michael Holback, Dylan Hawkins, Andrew Reidt. New organization total: 256 players.

4/3: OF Gary Brown claimed off waivers from Giants. OF Tommy Pham to StL DL. Optioned to Mem: P Marco Gonzales, IF Ty Kelly. Assigned to Mem: Ps Marcus Hatley, Mitch Harris; 3B Scott Moore, OF Stephen Piscotty. New organization total: 257 players.

4/4: Sgf OF David Popkins, PB C Dante Rosenberg released. LHP Max Foody to GCL. New organization total: 256 players.

The St. Louis Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix (effective 4/4/15)

St. Louis (25+2) 40-man (40)
Wainwright Rosenthal Molina Adams Wong Peralta Carpenter Holliday
Lackey Maness T Cruz Reynolds
Lynn Siegrist (L)

Ja Garcia (L DL) Choate (L)

Wacha Walden

C Martinez Belisle

Pham (DL)


Memphis (28)
Petrick (NRI) Greenwood (L opt) Easley (opt)
Scruggs (opt)
G Garcia (opt)
Anna (opt)
Moore (NRI) Brown (opt)
Cooney (L NRI) Tuivailala (opt)
Jon Rodriguez (STEP) T Kelly (opt)
R Ortega (NRI)
Whiting Waldron O’Neill
Mayers (NRI) Hatley (NRI) Piscotty (NRI)
Gast (L NRI) K Butler
Lyons (L opt) Wyatt
Gonzales (L opt) Kiekhefer (L NRI)
Harris (NRI)
Wright (L)
Socolovich (NRI)
Springfield (23)
Cornelius (L) C Thomas Stanley (opt)
B Valera (NRI) Mejia Wisdom (STEP) Martini
Heyer Donofrio (STEP) Tartamella (NRI) J Wilson (NRI) M Williams S Rodriguez
Sherriff (L) Baker Rosario (NRI) A Diaz (opt) Tilson (STEP)
Hald (L) Stoppelman (L) Ohlman (opt)
Petree Swagerty Jo Gonzalez
Palm Beach (24)
Reed (L) Perry (STEP) Velazco Washington Katz (STEP) C Valera Gibson
Melling (L) Llorens Voit Herrera (STEP) An Garcia (STEP)
C Jones T Lee Caldwell Bosco
S Garcia (STEP) Shaban
Littrell (L) Herget
Sabatino (L)
Nazario (L)
Peoria (20)
Ar Reyes Polanco C Kelly (NRI) Ringo Pedroza R Garcia McElroy (STEP)
Al Reyes (STEP) Barraclough (STEP) Bean (NRI) R Castillo
McKnight Bray Bryan
Kaminsky (L STEP) Loraine Wick
Perdomo Booden
Brookshire (L)
State College (29)
F Baez Grana L Cruz (STEP) A DeLeon Seferina Pina Diekroeger Radack
D Perez (L) Lomascolo (L) O’Keefe (STEP) R Reyes Wiley Peoples-Walls
Anderson Alexander Ehrlich Sohn Thompson
Nielsen (STEP) J Lucas Sosa (STEP) Acevedo
Poncedeleon B Lee
Schumacher J Bautista
Gomber (L)
McKinney (L)
Johnson City (32)
J Perez I Brito (L) Lankford Grayson Turgeon Mercado (STEP) Drake (STEP)
J Mateo Escudero Godoy Ustariz C Rivera Muscarello Lacy
D Martinez Caballero Neil E Alvarez Ray
Pearce Wirsu Torres
Farinaro Silva (L) Franco
Beck Villegas Pritchard
Then Sierra (STEP)
Kuebel (L)
GCL (26+1)
Weaver (STEP) Gallardo J Lopez Collymore Barzilli Asbury
Morales (STEP) Higgins F Rodriguez Massi R Bautista
Flaherty (STEP) Y Medina (RL) E Rodriguez Gronsky B Sanchez
R Williams S DeLaCruz
Dobzanski DeLorenzo (L)
Jor Rodriguez Bohannan
Parra Frey
R Santos Ward
Foody (L)
DSL (44)
Alcantara Oca (L) D Ortega D Gomez L Flores Cotes E Montero Bandes
Changarotty Casadilla Cedeno Delgado Cordoba Talavera
D Gonzalez Gavin (L) Ripoll Linares A Luna
Ju Gonzalez Medrano Melendez Ynfante J Rivera
Estevez Lugo I Wilson Barbuena C Rodriguez
Fernandez J Alvarez Figuera C Luis
O Diaz Rosendo
Narvaez (L)
E Perez (L)
Blanco (L)
Cordero (L)
Je Garcia
Rosales (L)


(NRI): Non-roster invitee to major league camp
(NRI): Non-roster invitee returned to minor league camp
(opt): 40-man player optioned to minors
(DL): injured – on the disabled list
(I): injured
(TI): temporary inactive list
(SL): suspended list
(RL): restricted list
(L) left-handed pitcher
bold: on the Cardinals’ 40-man roster
(#+#): for teams, the number of active players on the roster plus number of inactive/not under contract (DL+TI+SL+RL) players

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18 Responses to “Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2015 Spring Training”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    What would it take to give Tommy Pham an opportunity to make a ML roster?
    Having Jon Jay out with an injury helps him, by getting him on the field to be seen.
    Obtaining some hits helps Pham. While most are singles, there has also been a HR, showing he can drive the ball upon occasion.
    If Bourjos hits poorly this spring, this helps Pham too.

    If Pham looks like he could play ML ball, the Cards could surrender Bourjos in a trade. As an elite defender in CF, Bourjos has trade value.

  2. Brian Walton says:

    Interesting headline: “Union chief: Debate over DH in NL intensifies”. I would not have drawn that conclusion from the quotes.

  3. blingboy says:

    Three assorted items:

    1) Is Bourjos ailing? His lack of playing time is getting hard to explain, and it sounds like Jay will ease into the lineup next week.

    2) Does anyone happen to know if Pfam’s D was in any way lacking today on that ball that went off his glove for a double? (Late jump, mis-step, turn wrong way, bad path, etc)

    3) On the subject of contracts for soon to be arb eligible guys as discussed in the article on the main site: I don’t think the cards will be in a big rush with Adams. Maybe not Rosey either. I’d give it this year and well into next, then think about contracts with two arb years left. It will be interesting to see what they both look like at the end of the season

    • Brian Walton says:

      1. I am not seeing what you are seeing. Bourjos had 3 ABs just yesterday. Coming into today, Bourjos had more ABs so far than Holliday, Heyward, Peralta and Molina. Same # as Kozma. One fewer than Adams and Wong, etc… Even though they say he is 100 percent, Bourjos is coming off hip surgery so not overdoing it early is understandable to me.

      2. Since the game was only on Astros radio, someone would have had to have been in Kissimmee to answer that. If I remember correctly, the commentators both said it would have been a great catch and noted that the ball glanced off Pham’s glove. I get that you may be trying to connect dots about his defense. I wondered the same.

      3. As you said, a lot will depend on Adams’ 2015 season. Like I said in the article, I don’t think any of it matters in Rosenthal’s case.

      • blingboy says:

        I had been expecting to see Bourjos just about every day with Jay out. The injury is a good point. Also, I guess early ST is a time to see a lot of the prospect level guys. I’m not so sure Kelly in the OF isn’t overdoing it though.

        Pfam seems to have a legit shot at the 5th OF slot, but they will want a reliable glove. I’ll be interested to see him on TV.

        • Karmaloop says:

          Positional versatility might end up being the deciding factor for that 25th man spot. Most of the other competitions are decided, the only one left is whose going to be that last bench spot. Right now, Pete Kozma is a near lock to make the team so if Ty Kelly wants to win that fifth bench spot he needs to be able to play something other than the MIF and 3B. If he can play the cOF spots at a reasonable level, the Cardinals don’t need to carry 5 pure outfielders. Peter Bourjos can play CF, and Heyward could play there in a pinch. If Holliday/Heyward are out for a couple of games, Bourjos slides into center and Jay moves to the corner. Ty Kelly then becomes the emergency cOF.

          • Brian Walton says:

            Or Kozma becomes the emergency OF and/or Reynolds, who has played out there this spring, too. If Grichuk makes the team instead of Kelly, it considerably lessens the need for an emergency OF in the first place.

            Point being that they have a fair amount of positional versatility either way. Will they want a bat more or defense more?

            BTW, welcome Karmaloop!

            • crdswmn says:

              With Pham injured (even if he comes back soon) I see him out of the picture. Kozma is on to be the back up SS, so the last spot is either Kelly or Grichuk. I am still leaning Grichuk, but Kelly still has an outside shot. I am not wild about either Kozma or Kelly in the OF, but both as emergency OFers seems redundant. The only reason I can see for Grichuk not to make it is if the org wants him to get everyday play in Memphis.

            • Karmaloop says:

              Thanks. LIS, the last spot comes down to Kelly and Grichuk, and I think the deciding factor is power off the bench. We’ve already got Reynolds but Grichuk is better than him. Quite frankly, if they think he can potentially be an everyday OFer, I think he needs to be in Memphis. If they think he’s a career 4th OFer, then keep him up. Either way, Kelly gets on base.

      • Brian Walton says:

        Bourjos is leading off today.

  4. Karmaloop says:

    Great work as always. Glad this matrix is here. I find myself looking back at it often.

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